Tag: CA energy inspection


What is coming for Title 24 – 2016 Residential Energy Standards Code?

2016 Energy Code - DuctTesters

Title 24 Energy Code Standards are MANDATED for every residential project built, making a minimum energy efficient code all buildings must abide to, in order to get a final permit.  You are hearing more about the energy code because: it becomes more stringent every three years, third party testers are now required to ensure compliance is met, and building inspectors are enforcing it.  About every three years, the energy code standards change in an effort to get every new building to eventually become net zero (building produces as much energy as it uses making the building self-sustainable) or as close as  possible.  The government’s goal is that all new residential buildings will be net zero ready in 2020 and all new commercial buildings in 2030. This is also why some  products you installed in one development a year ago, may not qualify to be installed in next year’s project.  Every building and every project are different, the code allows for some items to have a tradeoff in order to meet compliance, different climate zones dictate and prompt different energy efficient compliance minimums, and building orientation all could have an effect on a project’s energy calculations.

2016 Energy Standard Code will officially go in to effect for projects permitted on or after January 1, 2017.

New for the 2016 Residential Energy Standards…


  • All Occupant Sensing controllers have max timer of 20 minutes
  • All Installed luminaires shall be high efficacy Table 150.0 A
  • Count of Blank Electrical boxes more than 5 ft. above floor limited to amount of bedrooms. Must Controlled by dimmer of Vacancy sensor.
  • Recessed Lights cannot have screw based lamps.
  • All Recessed Lighting, LED GU-24 socket, and any screw based lamps still need to be High Efficacy, but must a CEC certified product AND controlled by Dimmer or Vacancy Sensor (Except hallways and closets >70sf for controls)
  • Bathrooms, Garages, Laundry, Utility Rooms at least 1 light is controlled by Vacancy Sensors

2016 Energy Code Compliance Lighting Standards



  • Option A: Insulation above deck (R8 No Air Space or R6 with air space) AND R38 at Ceiling and Radiant Barrier
  • Option B: Insulation below deck (R18 No Air Space or R13 with Air Space) AND R38 at Ceiling and NO Radiant Barrier
  • Option C: R38 at Ceiling and Radiant Barrier and Ducts In conditioned Space.


  • Being compared to a U-Factor of 0.050 (no option without rigid foam meets this)


  • Duct Leakage reduced to 5% (from 6%)
  • Duct Insulation increased to R8 with HPA OR R6 with Option C Attic
  • Liquid Line Filter Drier installed if Manufacturer’s instructions call for it.


  • Option 1: Tankless water heater with 200kBtu
  • Option 2: Storage Tank with 105kBtu AND QII Insulation AND Compact Hot Water Design OR All Hot water Pipe Insulation



2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS by the CEC

#Title24, #EnergyCodeStandards, #CAEnergyCode, #EnergyConsulting, #CAEnergyConsultant, #T24, #LosAngelesEnergyConsultant, #SacramentoEnergyConsultant, #OrangeCountyEnergyConsultant, #InlandEmpireEnergyConsultant, #VenturaEnergyConsultant, #SantaBarbaraEnergyConsultant


EPA Names DuctTesters ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Partner of the Year 2012DuctTesters, Inc earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

Modesto, CA 3/1/2012– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named DuctTesters, Inc as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its work as a Home Energy Rater. DuctTesters accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.

DuctTesters, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2007, is being honored for their work in qualifying new homes to earn the ENERGY STAR. Home Energy Raters provide the evaluation, testing, and independent verification required for ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

DuctTesters has made promoting ENERGY STAR a standard way of business. By offering each home a look at what the ENERGY STAR standards look like against minimum code requirements, the builder really gets to see all the options. The builders and homeowners recognize the ENERGY STAR brand and want to understand the benefits and costs, so DuctTesters promotes the value and savings through education and analysis.

The DuctTesters approach to promoting ENERGY STAR is to first get the Builders “Buy In”. They really strive to get everyone to commit to what ENERGY STAR stands for including the construction crew, right on into the sales staff that deals with the potential buyer directly. Getting the construction team to commit gives them some personal involvement and a greater desire to make sure it is done right. The biggest benefit to the builder comes from getting the sales staffs to accept, understand and commit. When the sales team understands the ENERGY STAR motto, they gain a passion about it. They can tell everyone about the energy features of their homes and they present them with a passion that ultimately comes across to the buyer.

“The energy-efficient homes that earn the ENERGY STAR provide extra value for home buyers,” said Dave Hegarty, President of DuctTesters. “Homes built to ENERGY STAR standards are more comfortable, plus they ensure long-term savings on energy bills while protecting the environment and we are proud to promote it to our homebuilders.”

The 2012 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy-efficient homes in their community. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating – homeowners can expect to save about $200-$400 annually on their utility bills. Currently more than 6,700 builders across the nation are constructing homes that meet EPA’s strict guidelines for energy efficiency. More than 1.3 million American families now live in ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize DuctTesters as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “DuctTesters and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are working closely with builders and others in the home construction industry to adopt higher levels of energy-efficient building practices, making our nation’s new homes more affordable to own and more comfortable to live in.”

About DuctTesters, Inc
DuctTesters is a full service energy consulting and verification company. Since their establishment, they have grown from a training entity to a full blown energy consultant. They use a Third-Party consultant business model that allows them to provide insight and guidance to their clients, while assuring that they have the clients best interests in mind at all times. DuctTesters employs a team of Certified Energy Analysts who are dedicated to quality work and a team of Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Raters that ensure that the energy features proposed on paper are what actually gets installed during the construction process. Behind the scenes is a friendly office staff that supports it all and is eager to please each and every one of their clients.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).



Whether you build tract homes, custom homes or you are simply remodeling an existing home, we can provide you with the energy compliance documents you need. We specialize in providing our clients with all the options, explaining the differences, and creating a cost effective solution for meeting your project goals. Our comprehensive project summary will layout all the options and becomes a valuable tool for finding out exactly how each option effects the total build cost. We can even show you how to qualify for an Energy Star® rating or how to earn a GreenPoint Rating.